So! All that stuff about closing the harvest retail after Halloween? Not so much. The tent is down but regular staffed-up retail with Farnum Hill Cider tasting is open in the big barn through the weekend. We'll move everything down to its November setup on Monday if everything works out.  At that point we can't give tastings of Farnum Hill because the retail will be self-serve, but apples, pears, and other non-alcoholic treats will be available.

We've put off the full move because this weekend all the orchard crew has too much else to to do. There are still cider apples to bring in plus Cider Days happening in Franklin County, MA. That's an annual festival where Farnum Hill people are some of the longest-known most-faithful speakers, pourers, tasters and all-round supporters known to the ciderverse (go to if you're curious. Nowadays, cider makers and fans from all over the country, plus some internationals, meet up there.  It started out so little and so local, founded by the Moloney family, makers of West County Ciders... But back to our news.)

The orchards on Farnum Hill are filled with late gold foliage. Apple trees shine on, most years, well after other trees have dropped their leaves or browned over. So our place is a bright island framed by the normal browns and greys of late Fall. Nobody will stop you wandering through the orchards and biting into the late-hanging fruit in case you'd like to pick. And of course in the tent we have many kinds of delightfully snappy apples ready-picked to buy. Plus some Bosc pears. Plus as usual our free heirloom apple tasting. It offers real surprises, especially if you're brave enough to taste the samples of bittersweet cider apples. (Don't worry, most of the tasting apple varieties are stellar eaters and cookers. The bittersweets are educational.)

So pop on up before Monday November 4 if you have time. It will be peaceful here. And watch this space for our late-season orchard retail news... also peaceful.